There’s nothing quite like entering the decked out Beaver Stadium on a game day, surrounded by the sea of blue and white and the spirited screams booming from stand to stand. Regardless of all the cheering and the pom-pom waving throughout the games, the speakers blasting classic Penn State football songs is always crucial to set the mood and start of the some of the traditional game cheers.
From hits like Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” blasting in between plays, to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Good Time” echoing its pop beat through pre-kickoff, the Penn State Football “playlist” has some nice additions, but there’s always room for more. Here are a few options that would really shake the stands when the first game arrives.
1. “Roar” by Katy Perry
Seriously, was this song written with Penn State in mind, or does gorgeous and talented Katy Perry just have a thing for dominating, champion lions? Her latest single “Roar”, said to be the pop star’s biggest hit yet, would surely get the crowd ”roaring louder than a lion” with its more than Penn State relevant lyrics and blissfully pop feel that can only come from Ms. Katy Perry herself.
On a more symbolic note, the song would not only highlight the strength of beating the odds and being victorious Lions, but also would be inspiring to Penn State’s growth and strength in rebuilding and refining its proud name and traditions over the last few years. All in all, this champion song was made to be played by a soon-to-be champion team.
2. “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” by Fall Out Boy
Maybe Fall Out Boy didn’t write about lions, but surely, this song could turn baking cupcakes into some sort of adrenaline rush with its explosive tempo and its screamo-esque vibe in the middle of the chorus.
There are studies everywhere that are continuing to prove that high tempo music can help enhance exercise, so why not increase the athleticism for everyone in the audience by playing such a loud and powerful song to ‘light ’em up’ and further set the crowd and the Nittany Lions on fire? Moving from bubblegum pop sweet Katy Perry to screaming songs with flames might be the perfect way to shake things up.
3. “Applause” by Lady Gaga
Little Monsters, rejoice – Gaga is back with new music, and her latest single “Applause” certainty does not disappoint. From the stunning opening performance at MTV’S Video Music Awards last Sunday to the self-praising lyrics that would have the Beaver Stadium clapping and dancing along, this song is too hot right now and too meaningful not to be blasted in between a play or two.
Lady Gaga is a walking, personified standpoint of “I’ll do what I want, because I know who I am” and that’s exactly what Penn Staters have been going through with the unwanted spotlight. We are Penn State, and we’re not afraid to show it. Adding some hypnotic music from the queen of self-love at some of the best games of the year would absolutely be a bonus for everyone. Cue the applause.